Imaginative Perspectives on Food

Writing about food that is actually about food is hard to come by. More often than not, when we talk about a particular dish–say, a piece of cake– we are not talking about the actual cake, but family birthdays and food politics and memories and solemn vows that the “diet starts tomorrow.”  Rare is a piece of food writing in which the food itself takes center stage.

This week, we are proud to present two pieces of writing from our Fort Greene workshops that do just this. “Fish” by Gabriel Treitmeier-McCarthy is a poem about, well, fish. In “A Family Meal of a Family Meal,” Aidan Amog imagines foods on a tray discussing their own favorite dishes. Read on for these imaginative works, plus some photos from our workshops:

“A Family Meal of a Family Meal” by Aidan Amog (Age 12)

“Why don’t people think about what we eat?” Mashed Potatoes ranted.

“Because,” replied French Fries, “they do not know that food needs food too.”

“I just keep eating myself,” Gravy sloshed around.

“Just being curious, what do you eat?” Fried Chicken asked.

“I eat gravy,” said Mashed Potatoes.

“Ketchup,” the reply came from French Fries.

“You,” Rice replied.

“The ground,” Coleslaw said.

“Order up!” somebody said and picked them all up.


“Fish” by Gabriel Treitmeier-McCarthy (Age 11)

When I dive

Into the lake

I see fish

In my wake

With their meat

You can make

A filet

Like a steak.


Fish are friends

Not food

Or at least

I should hope so.